As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to grow, the United States is aiming to provide extra COVID-19 booster doses to Americans with compromised immune systems as soon as possible, according to top U.S. infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday.
“It is vitally critical for us to move quickly to provide those people their booster injections, and we are now working on that,” Fauci said on a phone conference, adding that immunocompromised people may not be fully protected by their existing COVID-19 immunizations.
According to Fauci, increased cases due to the spread of the infectious Delta strain in the United States can be avoided with additional immunizations.
As the highly contagious Delta variety sweeps the country, the Biden administration has sought to temper opposition among some Americans, particularly those who mistrust the government.
The seven states with the lowest COVID-19 immunization rates, according to the White House, account for half of the country’s new cases and hospitalization in the preceding week.
The states are Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, and Mississippi, according to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, who spoke at the press conference.
Florida and Texas account for almost one-third of new coronavirus cases and an even larger proportion of hospitalizations in the US.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, COVID instances have increased by nearly 43 percent in the previous week, and daily mortality have increased by more than 39 percent. The call also included Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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